Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Babies, Babies, Babies

Storks have visited Holly's place three times. Two times the Bunny God told the storks to bring down bunnies in white, chocolate and chocolate tort. The Puppy God competed with the Bunny God and sent down a litter of golden puppies.

Other than cute, there is no other word that could describe these pictures.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Remember When: Founders of NCAG

Northern California Angora Guild was chartered with ARBA in 1982. A few breeders at that time had the foresight of starting a club to promote Angora rabbits.

In this picture, Gini at the left was the first secretary and Bonnie at the right was the first president. They were the founders of NCAG. Both stepped down from their positions in 1986 and a few years later both went out of rabbits.

Candy supplied this picture; she took it in the 1983 ARBA convention in Colorado.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lou Gaschke Remembered

We received very sad news this morning. Nancy Chaussee says,

"It is with heartfelt sadness that I need to let you know that Lou passed away on Sunday as a result of complications from his recent heart surgery. He will be sorely missed! nc"

Lou was a beloved member of the rabbit community. He had been judging for a long time, longer than most could tell. He was awarded "Lifetime Registrar" by ARBA several years ago. He was very active in several clubs such as Rice Bowl RBA, the PacWest Show Circuit, the Northern California RBA, ... that put on many shows. He was also a minister in his church.

Photos on this page were taken on December 3, 2005 in the NCRBA show in Yuba City. The second picture is Lou and wife Jane. The third picture is Lou and Betty with Emilia. The last picture is Lou with the BIS and RIS winners Betty and Tami. The very left is Judge Sharon who jointly picked the winners with Lou.

This show was Lou's farewell show; he retired his judges license after this show. Betty met Lou in September 1982 when she showed English Angora for the first time. She was very honored to have received the last Best In Show that Lou had ever picked in Lou's farewell show.

We will miss Lou.

Waiting for Best In Show

At the end of the show at Watsonville, most exhibitors have left the show room. Those who have the Best of Breed rabbits waited for the Best In Show judging.

In the top photos, Armando is behind the table with some of the Best of Breed rabbits. He is examining each rabbit carefully.

In the third photo, from left to right are Christine, Chris Z, Tamara and Cory at the "front row seats" watching the judging. Chris Z's beautiful Holland Lop was awarded the reserve to Reserve In Show.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Next Generation of KW Cages

Allen sends wonderful news from Kevin, owner of KW Cages:

"Kevin Whaley and his wife, Jennifer, had a baby girl (their first) last Wednesday. Her name is Autumn Virginia Whaley.

Chris Zemny, Deb Sandoval, and Nicole Brockriede (Holland Lop Divas) held a baby shower over the weekend in San Diego at Nicole's house. I came down with Deb, and helped them organize the event. It was a ton of fun. Many rabbit people were in attendance, including Joey and Doreen Shults. All of Kevin's family came too.

Autumn is very precious. She has very dark hair, like her dad. She slept the entire time, even through the many arms of people holding her!

Autumn received many gifts, from cute outfits to a baby bath tub. I had felted baby booties out of natural colored kid Mohair, Angora, Cottswold wool, and Merino Wool. The picture is attached. The laces are my handspun yarn of Angora and Mohair."

Congratulations to Kevin and Jennifer. We thank Allen for the wonderful report.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Rita and Her Handsome Helper

In the morning, our able show secretary Rita worked by herself at the secretary's station.

In the afternoon, when the show results from different breeds were coming in, she had a very handsome young man helping her. It turned out that this good looking young man is Brad, Rita's grandson. He worked diligently at the table and Rita was very proud of him.

Rita also did very well in the show. Her nice Silver Marten won the Reserve In Show in show A.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Franco Demos His Cardboard Spinner

Franco is very creative. He created the cardboard spinning design that we reported in the previous post.
In the Watsonville show last weekend, he brought his cardboard spinning design with him. He showed us that not only the design could spin, it also could ply.
When others showed interest, Franco patiently demonstrated how the design worked. Here are some photos of Franco showing the design to two youth exhibitors who were fascinated by the design.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Joanie's Pups are Growing Up

In January, photos of Joanie's puppies' debuted on our blog. Seven months later, these puppies are growing up into a handsome boy and a pretty girl.

Our handsome judge Doug brought the two cuties to the show at Watsonville. The dark one on the left is a female and the white one is a male. Both are potential show dogs, Doug will be showing them within a couple of weeks.

Now the mystery from yesterday is solved. Betty is not getting into dogs; the pretty French Bulldog is Doug's little girl dog. There's no way that he would let the pretty girl go to Betty or anyone else.